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post #1 of 7 Old 03-07-2008, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Removing wheels?

Hi All,

My new tyres just arrived at the dealer and I want to take the wheels off my KLR and get them down there. Rather than take a fly by night approach I'd like to find an online manual to guide me through this. Can anyone point me in the right direction?


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post #2 of 7 Old 03-08-2008, 01:03 AM
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KLR Wheels are beyond simple to take off and I should be holding a wrench about as much as a monkey should.

I find it much easier to remove the brake calipers first, just a couple of quick bolts and walla, get them out of the way. You can do the wheels without removing the calipers, but the two bolts are much easier to deal with then trying to slot the rotor back in later. Get a small piece of something as thick as the rotor to slide between the brake pads.

Take any cotter pins out and start wrenching. It's as easy as that.

Heck, unless the dealer is mounting them for free or dirt cheap, I would do the tires yourself so you know how to when your in the field later with a flat tire. It's not difficult, the key is... if it's making you cuss, swear and piss blood... your doing it wrong.

This is a three part series that applies very well to the KLR.

Going back on, grease everything, make sure the gear is through the chain, slide the axle through, start wrenching till it's close. Line up the site lines on the frame, wrench it down, throw in the cotterpins and walla... wheels are back in place. Throw the calipers back in place and your all done!

If I can do it..... let's just say you stand a chance if you know what a wrench is. Get some tire irons... I never heard of these till I had KLR. I've changed several tires now and each time it gets easier. Again, your hearing this from a mechanically challenged person, so believe me, you can do it and you'll thank yourself next time your out and about with a flat.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-09-2008, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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That's gotta be the simplest setup I've ever seen on any bike I've owned! Greased everything up as I put it back together this morning.
The Cheng Shin C858's look pretty good. I can see the road and dirt potential in them. 2 tyres mount and balanced for $137.00 Can. Good price! Now we'll see how long they last.
Thanks for the encouragment everyone.

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-01-2008, 06:05 PM
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Thanks for the tip, Wanderer. I blew a rear tire yesterday at 70mph and am ready to take off the rear tomorrow. Any suggestions for raising the rear? Should I buy a mc stand?
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-01-2008, 06:31 PM
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We use an ATV lift jack. Bike sits great on these. Put a couple of strap on to hold the bike stable while working on it.

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-01-2008, 09:09 PM
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The Transworld motocross vids are very good. Last year when I mounted my TKC80's on, I used all the tips he showed on the vids and it was an absolute breeze.

I'm using a Craftsman MC jack and I have no complaints about. Some hate the Craftsman jack and some love it. IMO, it works great (knocks on wood) and I only paid about $59.00 for it on sale. The jack is a great tool to have for many reasons besides just changing tires.

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-01-2008, 10:28 PM
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I finally got a Pepboys ATV lift and it works great for working on the KLR. However, you can easily lean the KLR on it's kickstand enough to place a 2x4 under the opposite side rear foot peg hinge point and raise the rear right up. If you are ever on the trail, this is the method you will have to use, but with a sturdy tree branch. Also works great for spinning the tire during chain lube. Lot quicker then getting out the jack every time.
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